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Cider and Cheese: Burgeoning Agritourism in Normandy

While maybe not the most famous gourmand region in France, Normandy actually has a delicious basket of regional foods and beverages. Anyone traveling to the North of France for its history will be pleasantly surprised to find unique treats supported by a new and very authentic agritourism industry. And until the word gets out about […]

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Raise Your Glass to Champagne, France [Photo Essay]

When you think of celebratory bubbly, you probably think of the white sparkling wine, Champagne. Champagne is named after the Champagne-Ardenne province in northeast France – not after the grapes grown here (which include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier). The sparkling wine of Champagne became renowned because of its association with French royalty. But […]

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7 Ways to Upscale Upcycled French Doors

Upcycling has become quite a trend in the past few years because it saves money and is environmentally friendly. One of our new favorite ways to upcycle over here at Plum Deluxe is by using French doors. French doors are doors that have glass panes set in them. Why are they called “French”? While it […]

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Everything You Need to Know about Bordeaux-Style Wine

Have you ever stumbled onto a Bordeaux Blend in your local wine shop and wondered what it means? Short answer: it’s kind of complicated. However, I’ve got your back. Let me share my knowledge on what a Bordeaux blend is, exactly (especially when you are not in Bordeaux), and make some suggestions on wines to […]

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3 Ways to Use French Café Chairs to Bring a Little Bit of Paris into Your Home

The French café (or bistro) chair is an object that evokes long, leisurely mornings with the gentle sun in your face, people-watching the day away along the Champs-Elysees. Or at least that is how it feels in my head; you can spin your own tale of French café bliss. Café chairs have become a bit […]

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The Best (International) Wedding Customs Americans Should Adopt

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Weddings are kind of a big deal. All that celebrating, and wearing of finery, and filling enclosed spaces with your nearest and dearest. Many couples use this mad, fun time to also celebrate their individuality by bucking tradition and by incorporating customs indicative of their cultures. So as long as you’re already considering the rituals […]

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How to Shop (and Cook With) What’s Fresh at the Farmer’s Market

When the weather turns warmer and things start growing green, I eagerly begin to anticipate farmer’s market season. Zucchinis, tomatoes, and berries are my favorites, and I love cooking with all of the herbs. Whether you’re a market veteran or someone who’s just curious about healthy seasonal eating, I’ll walk you through the basics of […]

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The Unpretentious Guide to French Cuisine

French cuisine is all too often tied to precision, perfection, and pretention. And while the cuisine itself is extremely detail-oriented, there’s no reason to get as intense about where to eat it. While there are more fancy French restaurants than you can count in Paris (and probably in your town too), there are just as […]

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A Guide to Finding French Treasures

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On Sunday mornings, I love to wake up early as the sun is cracking across the horizon, bathing Paris in a golden glow. I make a quick stop off at my local little bakery to indulge in a flaky croissant and rich cup of coffee before jumping the metro to go bargain hunting. That’s right […]

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How to Dress Like a Frenchwoman

French women — particularly Parisians — have long been praised for their innate style sense. After six long years of observing them in their natural habitat, I finally feel ready to bring you their secret je ne sais quoi. When Considering an Outfit, Start at the Head… Really, this is part style, part fashion. French […]

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How to Dress Like a Frenchman

French women tend to get a lot of the credit when it comes to style, but you have to hand it to the guys as well: they know how to put together an outfit. If you’re of the masculine persuasion and are trying to appear a bit more French, here are a few easy tips […]

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Foodie’s Guide to Paris

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It’s likely that as many people come to Paris for the food as for its art, landmarks, and history. And it’s worth it: there is as much history and culture in France’s cuisine as in its art. The urge will be to head straight for the well-renowned and ever-lauded hotspots: La Duree for macaroons, or […]

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